Southeast Audit Committee Network

Enhancing audit committee leadership and influence

Audit committees play an extraordinarily important role in corporate governance. They are a critical player in establishing confidence and trust in capital markets by ensuring high-quality, reliable financial reporting. In addition, many audit committees are now charged with overseeing additional risks, including vitally important areas such as cybersecurity.

Chairing the audit committee of a large public company is difficult. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Success requires judgment, developed from personal experience and insight from others who have faced similar situations. 

Since 2007, the Southeast Audit Committee Network (SEACN)  has helped its members—the chairs of the audit committees at large public companies—succeed. Three times each year, Southeast members gather for a confidential group discussion. The conversations sometimes feature world-class guests, but the members’ voices dominate, and the agendas are driven by the audit chairs.

Tapestry Networks orchestrates the network, building on 15 years of convening board leaders in meaningful conversations. Tapestry helps members prepare for meetings with insightful, original reading material that draws upon tailored research and pre-meeting interviews with members and other leading thinkers. The meetings are synthesized into post-meeting publications that can be shared with colleagues. Everything is done under a non-attribution agreement that ensures candor and protects personal and company confidentiality.

Our members include:

  • Kelly Barrett, The Aaron's Company
  • Art Beattie, PPL Corporation
  • John Black, Entergy
  • Theo Bunting, NiSource
  • Carolyn Byrd, Regions Financial
  • Dallas Clement, Truist Financial 
  • Bill Creekmuir, Flexsteel Industries
  • John Davidson, TE Connectivity 
  • Cynthia Day, PROG Holdings
  • Denise Dickins, Watsco
  • Bill Donnelly, Ingersoll Rand 
  • Juan Figuereo, Decker Outdoor Brands and Western Alliance Bancorp
  • Patrick Goris, Lincoln Electric
  • Kent Griffin, Healthpeak Properties 
  • Tom Hough, Equifax
  • Joe Householder, Advanced Micro Devices
  • Jim Hunt, Brown & Brown
  • Mercedes Johnson, Synopsys and Teradyne
  • Tim Keaney, Unum
  • Mitch Lewis, GMS
  • Karole Lloyd, Aflac
  • Richard Macchia, FLEETCOR Technologies
  • Amy Miles, Gap
  • Maureen Morrison, Asbury Automotive Group
  • Wendy Needham, Genuine Parts    
  • Maria Pinelli, International Game Technology  
  • Karin Teglia, Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Mimi Thigpen, Globe Life
  • Darrell Thomas, Pitney Bowes
  • Susan Ward, Saia
  • Rick Williams, Crawford and Company 
  • Mary Winston, Acuity Brands
  • Carol Yancey, BlueLinx Holdings
  • Bryan Yokley, Rayonier Advanced Materials
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